Book: Atlantic City Nazi by Charles Frankhausercategories: Book, 1930's, Espionage, Feigned Romance, Steel Pier Showgirl, Beach Surveys, Newport Double Weddings, Bank Fraud, Stock Market Criminals, FBI Kidnapping, Donkey Diving Act, U-Boats, The Mob, Historical Fiction
Charles Frankhauserabout this book: The author weaves some of his childhood experiences during travels on the road with his mom and dad into a work of historical fiction; "charles frankhauser trumpet" on many search engines surfaces a list of Big Band greats of the 1937 to 1950's jazz-swing era, many of whom the author knew as a child. The author's experiences in the music business blend seamlessly into fiction as a gig in Atlantic City, New Jersey introduces the Nazi (a showgirl on the Steel Pier). A mature young woman meets the protagonist (a naive young man) on the Boardwalk.
America and Germany are at peace but war clouds loom while U-boats train near Atlantic City. A group of spies led by the showgirl needs additional manpower to deliver morale-boosting booze at sea to U-boats.
The book was inspired by a desire to present an example of how easily one can be led astray by persons acting to further their own agendas without regard to the harm that might be caused to others. A long road into dangerous situations, sprinkled with humorous situations leads a young man astray with tragic unintended results for many innocent people.
Readers who relish adventure based on interesting settings accurately described within an historic framework involving a diverse group of characters will enjoy this work.
The title in three words presents a major locale and it plays-off the aspect of fun-in-the-sun and sand against espionage and danger at night.
A surprise ending that is possible within the realm of historical facts was difficult to construct until everything fell into place based on research involving a major tragedy.
I learned from writing this book that the associations one makes in life and the factors influencing those associations (romance, rejection, persons with good or evil intentions), are as true today as in the past. I hope readers will enjoy reading it as much as the memories it surfaced as I wrote it.
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